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Artist Jim helps to raise the roof for church

The congregation of a landmark village church need a roof over their heads at a cost of hundreds of thousands.

Dublin artist Jim Claffey has joined the campaign to raise at least €300,000 to provide remedial work at the 255-year-old St Mary's Church in Howth.

Claffey, whose work hangs in galleries worldwide, volunteered his support and came up with the idea of painting one of the church's magnificent stained glass windows and offering it as a raffle prize.

A series of events, coupled with anticipated direct donations, are in the pipeline with locals lending their support in a bid to save the Church of Ireland parish church.

"We are in the early stages of our campaign but one man has already raised €6,000 by taking part in the mini marathon," said Rev Kevin Brew, who has been in the Howth parish for five and a half years. Rev Brew said he was grateful for the support of the entire Howth community, which has the use of the church facilities for functions, including fundraising ventures for St Francis Hospice and the Howth Lifeboat.